HC Deb 04 August 1943 vol 391 cc2317-8W
Sir W. Smiles

asked the Prime Minister whether, as a slight recognition of the gallantry of the people of Malta, he will agree to the relaxation of some of the rules which now apply to literate Maltese, educated in Malta, enlisting in the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force?

The Prime Minister

His Majesty's Government fully recognise the gallant part played in the war by the people of Malta, but I do not think it necessary to make any alteration in the practice governing the entry of Maltese into the Armed Forces. As my hon. and gallant Friend is doubtless aware, the Maltese have made a substantial contribution in man-power to the Fighting Services during the war.

Captain Gammans

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies, how many men from Malta are serving in each of the fighting services, including Maltese units; and the number serving in the Merchant Navy?

Colonel Stanley

I regret that it would not he in the public interest to give the information asked for, but the hon. and gallant Member may rest assured that a large number of Maltese are serving in the Armed Forces and the Merchant Navy.